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Welcome to Style Imitating Art. You guys, I just completed my second photo shoot on Saturday and I cannot wait to show you the pictures. I was so incredibly nervous. I came thisclose to calling and asking her to find someone else to do it. Shooting for people is unnerving because they have expectations. When I shoot for the school, I’m catching people in action, there’s no posing… I’m in my bubble and I don’t have to worry about directing and posing. I can focus on lighting and angles, no pressure. But I think I nailed it. Or, at least, she was happy with the initial images so that makes me incredibly happy.


Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, Terri {Meadow Tree Style}, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art inspired outfits. Participants submit their art inspired outfits with the curator by 10 PM Tuesday and, that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.


This week’s image was chosen by me. I chose this painting because there are so many options for colors and patterns: blues, greens, reds, and pinks with polka dots, tapestry, and stripes. I also just like the image of a young girl learning to count. You can just see the focus in her eyes.


The Counting Lesson by Albert Huie

February is Black History Month, so, it only seems fitting that the first inspiration piece is by a Black artist. One of the founding tutors of the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts, Albert Huie was a Jamaican artist who exhibited around Jamaica and the United States. As a painter, he was known for his landscapes, but often painted portraits as well. Influenced by Rastafarianism, Garvyism, and cultural nationalism, many of his paintings expressed sociopolitical themes and showed images of manual labor. To learn more about Huie, click here.


Salazar {14 shades of grey}

Salazar wrote: “don’t have a lot of polka dot things in my closet, so I built the outfit around these polka dot socks, with the blazer and the sweater to mimic the colors and textures of the painting. I also added a lace collar with a red brooch as a nod to the girl’s Peter Pan collar and red bow.”

The polka dot socks were the first things I noticed when I received Salazar’s pictures. I like the soft feminine look with the brogues – so very cool. And the pop of red against the neutral top is a perfect nod to the bow.

Terri {meadow tree style}

Terri wrote that she: “wanted to work with it all: pink, red, polka dots, and black.”

And she did. Her red brogues are absolutely fabulous. I also like her polka dot top, so sweet.


Black Turtleneck Ian Mosh Skirt and Black Boots {living outside the stacks} Daenel T

When I first looked at the painting, the first thing I thought about highlighting were the polka dots in the girl’s top but I was also drawn to the tapestry-like fabrics in her chair. I thought the best way to capture all the textures was my Ian Mosh skirt. I found this skirt on Zulily a few years ago and couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I bought it. And I haven’t regretted it yet. It’s incredibly fun and flirty.

Black Turtleneck Ian Mosh Skirt and Black Boots {living outside the stacks} Daenel T


Black Turtleneck Ian Mosh Skirt and Black Boots {living outside the stacks} Daenel T


Black Turtleneck Ian Mosh Skirt and Black Boots {living outside the stacks} Daenel T


Black Turtleneck Ian Mosh Skirt and Black Boots {living outside the stacks} Daenel T

Skirts and boots with knee socks used to be a go-to look for me until I moved to Louisiana, then I started dressing a little more hipster mom meets boho librarian. I’m not really sure why there was such a shift in my style, but this outfit felt like coming home. If you’re looking for styling ideas, check out my Pinterest board here.


Send your pictures to by 10 pm Tuesday night. Come back Wednesday, 10 February to see the other participants…

You don’t have to have a blog to join, you can share your images on Instagram as well! Just tag Salazar, Terri, and me or use the hashtags #TeamLOTSStyle and #StyleImitatingArt so we know you’re there. We’d love to see how you interpret the inspiration piece.

Black Turtleneck Ian Mosh Skirt and Black Boots {living outside the stacks} Daenel T

Black Turtleneck – Similar | Earrings – Nickel and Suede | Skirt – Ian Mosh | Boots – Similar

What colors would you pull from the inspiration image? Leave a comment below with your styling ideas.


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For more stylish inspiration, check out the following linkups:

Where I Co-host

  • Fab Forties – Six bloggers, over the age of forty, show they’re still fabulously fashionable. First Monday of the month.
  • Style Imitating Art – Style inspired by pieces of art. Every other week.

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